Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

"DIGNITY EARNED"

Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:03 am

"DIGNITY EARNED"
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I did this portrait of an older Labrador Retriever that belongs to a veterinarian friend of mine. T'was my objective to highlight the features that speak of her many years of loyal companionship and of the dignity that older dogs surely have earned. It seems to me that the connection we as bird hunters have with our dogs is generally more profound than the average human / K9 relationship. The deep bond we share with our dogs is certainly strengthened by the numerous memories made together in grand days we spend together with them whilst afield. A most special elegance comes with all the greying of their facial features and their sunken eyes that continually track us with focused loyalty. These changes serve to remind us that these magnificent animals are never with us long enough and that they seemingly live each moment of their all too short time for us.

Cheers Mates,
THE DOG WHISTLER

shags
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Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:42 am

Thanks. Now my eyes are leaking.

Very nice work.

Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:23 pm

shags wrote:Thanks. Now my eyes are leaking.

Very nice work.
Thanks kindly Shags.

Mike

setterpoint
Rank: Champion
Posts: 359
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:10 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 5
Breed(s) of dog(s): setters and pointers
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...grouse
Do you compete with your dog?: No
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: to read post and reply about hunting and dogs grouse hunting hunted grouse for 40 years trained many good dogs
Location: jellico tn

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:00 pm

so true we share our lives with these dogs and its hard to let go. i had a small english setter who was not near the best dog iv ever had and i have better dogs now and ever day was like starting over with her .i will take the blame for that .but she did point a lot of birds for me but was a handful all her life.but i loved her and she and she loved me some may have gotten rid of her but i kept her till the day she died. we had the times of our lives

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Featherfinder
Rank: 2X Champion
Posts: 457
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:15 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): setter
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...upland
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Always learning something new.
I first trialed in 1974. Since then, pursuent to a few champions, I have judged many trials and 2 championships. I still train today.

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:03 am

Irishwhistler, what an attractive piece! Well done Sir.

Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:53 pm

Featherfinder wrote:Irishwhistler, what an attractive piece! Well done Sir.
Thank ye kindly Mate.

Mike

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Featherfinder
Rank: 2X Champion
Posts: 457
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:15 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): setter
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...upland
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Always learning something new.
I first trialed in 1974. Since then, pursuent to a few champions, I have judged many trials and 2 championships. I still train today.

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:30 am

The gift to us within this portrait are the eyes. Those eyes convey the essence, the dignity, the dedication, within this dog. There is this aura of, "Remember when.....!"

Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:52 am

Featherfinder wrote:The gift to us within this portrait are the eyes. Those eyes convey the essence, the dignity, the dedication, within this dog. There is this aura of, "Remember when.....!"
Featherfinder,
Clearly ye understand Mate. Good on ye.

Cheers,
Mike

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Featherfinder
Rank: 2X Champion
Posts: 457
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:15 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): setter
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...upland
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Always learning something new.
I first trialed in 1974. Since then, pursuent to a few champions, I have judged many trials and 2 championships. I still train today.

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:26 pm

Whomever shared this earth with a dog like that was blessed.

Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:36 pm

Featherfinder wrote:Whomever shared this earth with a dog like that was blessed.
"SHARES" MATE, the old lass is still this side o' the turf.

Mikey

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Featherfinder
Rank: 2X Champion
Posts: 457
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:15 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): setter
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...upland
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Always learning something new.
I first trialed in 1974. Since then, pursuent to a few champions, I have judged many trials and 2 championships. I still train today.

Re: "DIGNITY EARNED"

Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:25 am

Lucky you Sir! And, I'm guessing lucky dog too.
Cheers........

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